Top 15 Best Things to Do and See in Barcelona, Spain

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15 Amazing Tourist Attractions to See in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most popular locations in Europe for people looking to get away for a few days. Being one of the largest cities in Spain, there is plenty to see and do in and around Barcelona, so read on to find out the best bits of the capital of Catalonia and discover what makes this place such a great destination for a short break.

Monjuic's castle in Barcelona
Monjuic’s castle in Barcelona

In this post, we listed some of our recommended things to do and see in Barcelona. To help you plan your Barcelona itinerary, we included ticket prices, how to get there and contact info of each tourist spot.

Visit Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo in Barcelona
Casa Batllo in Barcelona
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The Casa Batllo in Barcelona is the most original and dreamlike house of the famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. Casa Batllo is among the list of Gaudí masterpieces that is recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in 2005.

Skip the line and get in ahead of the crowd as you listen to an audio guide that gives you insight on every area. [Book your tickets here]

Address: Passeig de Gracia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: +34 932 16 03 06

How to get there:

METRO

  • Passeig de Gràcia: L2, L3, and L4

TRAIN

  • RENFE: Passeig de Gràcia station
  • FGC: Provença station

BUS

  • Numbers: H10, V15, 7, 22 y 24
  • Barcelona Tourist Bus (Red and Blue) Casa Batlló – Fundació Antoni Tàpies.
  • City Tours (Barcelona Tours) 3 A, Passeig de Gràcia – Casa Batlló
  • Barcelona Guide Bureau

Ride the Port Vell Aerial Tramway

Barcelona Port Vell Aerial Tramway
Barcelona Port Vell Aerial Tramway

One of the best ways to view the city is from up in the air on one of the cable cars that allow you to see some unrivaled views of the seafront from 350ft. There are 2 cable car services – Barcelona Montjuic Park and Transbordador. The Transbordador car runs from the Tower of Sant Sebastià to the seaport, while the Montjuic Park cable car starts at the top of the Montjuic Mountain and takes you to the port. Rides cost around €11 one way or €16.5 return. The cable cars can be a bit scary so if you’re not great with heights then you might be best avoiding them.

How to get there

  • Metro: Barceloneta (Yellow Line, L4)
  • Hop on hop off sightseeing tour bus stop
  • Public bus: Passeig Joan de Borbó / Plaça del Mar: 39, V15

Visit Barcelona Zoo

Barcelona Zoo image via Klook
Barcelona Zoo image via Klook

Barcelona Zoo is home to 1000s of different creatures, including mammals such as Hippos, gorillas, anteaters, wolves, gazelles and many different species of monkey. Amongst the birds are flamingos and penguins, while there are also snakes and crocodiles in the reptile areas. Admission costs €21.40 for adults and €12.95 for children up to the age of 12.

Address: Parc de la Ciutadella S/N, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: +34 932 25 67 80

How to get there:

  • Metro: Barcelona i Ciutadella – Vila Olípica (L4), Marina i Arc de Triomf (L1)
  • Bus: D20, H14, H16, V21, V27
  • Tram: Ciutadella – Vila Olímpica (T4), Arc de Triomf i Estació de França (Renfe)

Book your Barcelona Zoo Ticket here

La Ramblas

The view of Las Ramblas from the top of the Columbus monument.
The view of Las Ramblas from the top of the Columbus monument.

Probably the most famous street in Barcelona, between El Ravel and the gothic quarter lies over a kilometer of bars, restaurants, shops, stalls selling items from flowers to jewelry, along with street entertainers ranging from football freestylers, artists, mimes and human statues.

Tourists in La Ramblas are common targets for pick pockets, make sure that you’re aware of who is around you, and avoid anyone who tries to invite you to a game on a stall in the street as they will often be a con.

How to get there:

  • Metro: Barcelona i Ciutadella – Vila Olípica (L4), Marina i Arc de Triomf (L1)
  • Bus: D20, H14, H16, V21, V27
  • Tram: Ciutadella – Vila Olímpica (T4), Arc de Triomf i Estació de França (Renfe)

Check out Park Guell

Park Guell in Barcelona
Park Guell in Barcelona

A public park, that is free to enter, Park Guell was created by Antoni Gaudi, and showcases some of his best work including a large mosaic made from tiles around the walls of the municipal garden. At the entrance to the park, you’ll see the Gaudi dragon fountain, a fountain guarded by a mystical dragon. There is also an onsite museum built by Gaudi which was once his house.

How to get here

  • Metro: Green line (L3), Lesseps or Vallcarca stations
  • Bus: lines H6, D40, 24 and 92
  • iVenture Barcelona Unlimited Attractions Pass (book here)

From the Bus Turístic (blue line) the stop is “Park Güell”. From the Barcelona City Tour, the route is “East” (green colour) and the stop is also “Park Güell”.

If you want to Skip the Line and experience Park Guell Guided Walking Tour, book via Klook.com for hassle-free guided tours.

Camp Nou Stadium tour

Camp Nou Barcelona
Camp Nou Barcelona

The Camp Nou stadium is the biggest in Europe with a capacity of just under 100,000, and is currently home to FC Barcelona; arguably the greatest football team of all time. See where legends have made their name throughout the years such as Cruyff, Maradona, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Xavi, Iniesta and of course Lionel Messi.

The stadium tour allows you to visit the changing rooms, the press room, the presidential box (where you can get the obligatory photo with the club’s motto in the seats behind you) before you walk out through the tunnel and sit in the manager’s dugout. You can also get your photo taken with the European Cup which they won at Wembley in May. The tour costs €28 for adults and €20 for children up to the age of 13. Avoid the hassle by booking your tickets online here.

How to get there by Metro:

  • Line 3: Metro stop Palau Reial or Les Corts
  • Line 5: Metro stop Collblanc or Badal

Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum in Barcelona image via Klook
Picasso Museum in Barcelona image via Klook

One of the most popular museums in Barcelona, the Museu Picasso has over 3800 works of art by Pablo Picasso. Opened in 1963, the museum has special exhibitions on throughout the year showcasing local artist’s work, along with unseen pieces of Picasso’s creations. The museum was recently renovated and expanded to accommodate more displays, and there are guided tours of the various galleries available if you wish to learn more.

Discover the works by the geniuses of the 20th-century art and take a journey through generations of creativity. Book your Articket Barcelona Museum Pass to enjoy up to six of the best Barcelona museums including Museu Picasso, Fundació Joan Miró, and more with a single ticket.

How to get there

  • Metro: L4 Jaume I and L1 Arc de Triomf

Bus:

  • 120 45 V15 V17 Via Laietana
  • 39 51 H14 Passeig Picasso
  • H14 45 51 Pla de Palau
  • 120 Princesa

Barcelona Aquarium

Aquarium Barcelona photo via Klook
Aquarium Barcelona photo via Klook

Barcelona Aquarium is home to some 11,000 animals from over 450 different species. There is also an ‘Oceanarium’ – an 80meter underwater walkway that gets you closer to the sea life, where you can see sharks, giltheads, ocean sunfish and manta rays. There are separate areas for the Mediterranean and tropical wildlife, plus the opportunity to go diving with the sharks if you’re a qualified diver. Admission costs €20 for adults, €15 Children from 5 to 10 years old and €15 Children from 3 to 4 years old.

Enjoy a day in the Aquarium Barcelona and discover over 11,000 species from all over the world! Book your tickets online to avoid the hassle.

How to get there by Public transportation

  • Metro: L4 Barceloneta
  • Metro: L3 Drassanes
  • Bus: V17 and 39, 45, 59, 91, 120, D20, H14, V13, V15
  • Bus Turístic: stop Port Vell (Red Route)
  • Barcelona City tours: stop Port Vell (East route)
  • Bicycle: Bicing station at L’Aquàrium

Visit La Sagrada Família

Best things to do and see in Barcelona - Sagrada Familia
Best things to do and see in Barcelona – Sagrada Familia

One of the most beautiful architectural landmarks that you should not miss to see in Barcelona would be the Sagrada Familia. Also known as Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, this large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Considered one of Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces, it’s a key tourist attraction in Barcelona and one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Unfortunately, Gaudí died in 1926 when only a quarter of the project had been constructed. Admission costs €15 for the regular Sagrada Familia Tickets and €29.50 for the Sagrada Familia Guided Tour.

Address: Mallorca Street 401, Barcelona, 08013

Get your Sagrada Família ticket online and benefit with a fast track entrance and absolutely no waiting.

How to get to Sagrada Familia

  • Metro: Lines 2 and 5. Sagrada Familia Station

Casa Milà

Casa Mila in Barcelona
Casa Mila in Barcelona

Casa Milà, also popularly known as La Pedrera or “The stone quarry”, is a modernist building in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The name, ‘Casa Milà’ comes from the fact that it was the new home of the Milà family. The couple occupied the main floor and rented out the other apartments. The construction of Casa Mila started in 1906 and it was finished in 1912. It is considered the most iconic work of civic architecture by Antoni Gaudi’s due to both its constructional and functional innovations, as well as its ornamental and decorative solutions. La Padrera is also considered as one of the most fascinating buildings in the world. Admission Fee starts at 22Euros.

Enjoy marveling at all the colorful aspects of this amazing structure designed by Antoni Gaudi. [Book your tickets here]

Address: Provença, 261-265, 08008 Barcelona, Spain

How to get to La Pedrera

  • Metro: Diagonal (Blue Line, L5) and (Green Line, L3)
  • Hop on hop off sightseeing tour bus stop: Nearest stop for La Pedrera (Casa Mila) is “La Pedrera”
  • Public bus: Passeig de Gràcia / Avinguda Diagonal: 7, 22, 24, V15

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral
Barcelona Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, also known as Barcelona Cathedral, is the Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain. The Barcelona Cathedral, located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, is one of the largest and most historic buildings in the Catalan’s capital.

Address: Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

How to get to Barcelona Cathedral

  • Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3) or
  • Metro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)
  • Hop on hop off sightseeing tour bus stop: Nearest stop for Barcelona Cathedral is “Catedral – Gòtic”
  • Public bus: Via Laietana / Plaça Ramon Berenguer: 45, V15, V17

Palau de la Música Catalana

Palau de la Musica Catalana photo by Jiuguang Wang via Wikipedia CC
Palau de la Musica Catalana photo By Jiuguang Wang – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 es

The Palau de la Música Catalana or the Palace of Catalan Music is a concert hall in Barcelona. Designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891. Palau is located in the corner of a cramped street, Carrer Palau de la Música, and Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt, in the section of old Barcelona known as Casc Antic.

Address: C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

How to get there

  • Bus Lines: V15, V17, 45
  • Barcelona Tourist Bus (route north and south): Stop Casa Batllo – Antoni Tàpies Foundation.
  • City Tours (Barcelona Tours): Stop 2, Gothic.
  • Metro Urquinaona: L1, L4
  • RENFE Train: Station Plaça Catalunya
  • FGC Train: Station Plaça Catalunya

La Barceloneta Beach

Barcelona Beach
Barcelona Beach

This beach is what makes Barcelona quite different from other cities in Spain. The beach is complete with facilities like public toilets, showers, sun loungers, beach umbrellas, changing rooms and WiFi. You can also enjoy easy access to a lot of food outlets within the area.

How to get there

  • Metro: stop “Barceloneta” (Yellow Line, L4)
  • Hop on hop off sightseeing tour bus stop: The nearest stop for Barceloneta is “Barceloneta”
  • Public bus: Passeig Marítim / Almirall Cervera: 45, 59, D20

Montjuïc Castle

Entrance to Montjuïc Castle
Entrance to Montjuïc Castle By Puigalder – Own work, Public Domain

Montjuïc Castle is an old military fortress, with roots dating back from 1640, built on top of Montjuïc hill in Barcelona. The Castle currently serves as a Barcelona municipal facility. During Summer, some special events like Art exhibitions, concerts, and movie screenings are being held at the Castle.

Address: Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: +34 932 56 44 45

How to get there

  • Metro: Barceloneta (Yellow Line, L4)
  • Hop on hop off sightseeing tour bus stop
  • Public bus: Passeig Joan de Borbó / Plaça del Mar: 39, V15

Book your Barcelona City Sightseeing Bus Pass

Barcelona City Sightseeing Bus Pass
Barcelona City Sightseeing Bus Pass

The Barcelona card is a great way to save money while in the city; money off entrance fees to the major attractions and free unlimited transport so no need for a hire car here. You can select a one or two-day package and hop on and off as you wish at the city’s iconic landmarks. Take stunning photos from the open top upper deck or ride in comfort on the air-conditioned lower deck. The bus also has free direct WiFi throughout the tour which means, you can share those photos instantly!

Book your Barcelona City Sightseeing Bus Pass Here

How about you? What’re your favorite things to do and see in Barcelona, Spain? Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.

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Published on: Jul 27, 2011
Updated July 28, 2018

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